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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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Local, National, Regional, Global

Local, National, Regional, Global

Glissant and the Postcolonial Manifesto

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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Charles Forsdick

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the influence of literary form on thinking about globalization in the Caribbean by focusing on the re-emergence of the manifesto in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century debates around globalization in the francophone Caribbean as a tool of political provocation and collective intervention. In particular, it considers a series of statements and documents with which Édouard Glissant was associated as signatory in the final decade of his life. The chapter first analyses the cultural activism of the littérature-monde manifesto, with which Glissant’s involvement is ultimately ambivalent. It then looks at the limitations of a notion of world literature in which poetics eclipses discussion of the politics of literary production. It also uses the littérature-monde manifesto and related forms to address the relationship between local, national, and transnational frames. Finally, it suggests alternative configurations of space, culture, and politics in relation to globalization.

Keywords:   globalization, Caribbean, manifesto, Édouard Glissant, littérature-monde, world literature, poetics, culture, politics, space

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